Roots is a summer youth retreat that promotes the Reformed Faith and serves the Korean Central Presbytery of the PCA and churches in the Midwest. Come out for the Word of God as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ together. We hope to see you again in 2020! ⛱


2019 DATE

Jul 29 - Aug 1


Wheaton, IL



John Chung



Found in Him

Recap Video

August 6, 2019

Check out this sweet recap video of Roots 2019, made by one of our seniors in attendance. Thank you Phil! 👨🏻‍💻 🏆

Talk to Us

August 2, 2019

Let us know what you thought about Roots this year by filling out our evaluation form. We’re here to serve you! 😄 👍


Chicagoland Churches

Bethel Presbyterian ∙ EM / KM
Chicago Covenant Presbyterian ∙ KM
Evergreen Community ∙ EM
First Korean Presbyterian ∙ EM / KM
Highland Presbyterian ∙ EM / KM
Immanuel Presbyterian ∙ KM
Vineyard Presbyterian ∙ EM / KM

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Missouri churches

First Korean Presbyterian ∙ KM
First Korean Presbyterian of STL ∙ KM
Korean Hope Presbyterian ∙ KM
Korean Presbyterian of STL ∙ EM / KM
Onnuri Presbyterian ∙ KM


Minnesota Churches

Korean Presbyterian of Minnesota ∙ EM / KM

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Found in Him・Finding Our Identity in Our Union with Christ

Rev. JOhn Chung・Pastor of spiritual formation at the JourneY

Evening Sermons (John Chung)

Morning Sermons (Various)

Theology & Approach

We receive the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms as accurate summaries of what the Bible teaches.

We seek to emphasize covenant theology, dialogical worship that is centered on Jesus Christ, a healthy assurance of salvation through proper use of the means of grace, and an eschatology that hinges on the return of Christ and his coming kingdom in the new heavens and new earth.

We strive to offer Reformed Presbyterian theology, piety and practice as an alternative to what broad evangelicalism has to offer to young people today.

What to Expect

Worship services that are scriptural, dialogical, reverent and joyful.

Friendships and memories that go beyond the local church, engaging small groups, seminars for personal growth, fun games and friendly competition, and late night activities with a bit of a twist.

Hearty meal times and yummy snacks, air-conditioned sleeping arrangements, and enough free time to play, chat or even take a good and much needed nap.

About 150 people total in attendance. Not too big. Not too small.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the retreat called Roots?

Because youth is a great time to be rooted and built up in Christ and established in the faith (Colossians 2:7).

Can fifth graders or graduating seniors attend Roots?

Absolutely! We welcome incoming 6th graders and incoming college freshmen.

How do I register? Will I need a pillow? Will there be t-shirts?

For questions like these, check out our registration page.

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The OMG Church


People are always looking for the next big trend in churches. Internet churches, celebrity pastors, fog machines, lights, and production! People say that all of these things make worship exciting and relatable. However, all of these exciting church trends often miss the OMG factor!

Missions Regardless


The purpose of this seminar is to challenge students to rethink and re-evaluate their view of missions from a short-term summer gig (or other) to a lifestyle/life-long endeavor. This seminar will seek to challenge preexisting notions of “Why missions?” and the centrality of our responsibility proclaimed by Christ. This topic will include but is not limited to evangelism, short-term and longer-term missions, personal vision and life decisions as well as participation/involvement in the local church.

A Christian View on Sexuality


Over the last two decades we’ve seen vast sweeping movements in the conversation of sexuality. Cisgender, homosexuality, transgender queer, non-binary, and a list of over 60+ different genders. How are we as Christians supposed to understand these things? This seminar will cover the Bible’s view on sexuality and gender.

How to Read the Bible


Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day (Psalm 119:97). One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to us is the Bible. The Word of God teaches us who He is, what He has done, and what we are required to do. But, apart from hearing sermons based on God’s Word, how can I learn to read the Bible for myself? Come to this seminar to find out!

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When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face


In the Asian-American community, mental health is something that is oftentimes overlooked. Sometimes mental health is regarded as unimportant or something that only “crazy” people need help with. In this seminar, Pastor Jooho will share his testimony of going through depression and offer some verses from the Bible to encourage Christians to press on, even when darkness seems to hide His face!

Who is the Holy Spirit?


One of the defining principles of Christianity is that we believe in the Holy Trinity. One God and yet Three Persons. Most people can understand how “God” is Father, as we have earthly fathers. All of us can relate to Jesus because he lived in this world as a man and was tempted as we were. But… what about the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is oftentimes misunderstood and considered mysterious. Yet, without Him we wouldn’t even have God or the Gospel! Come to this seminar and learn more about the Holy Spirit who is same in substance, power, and eternity as the Father and Son.

The Importance of Prayer


Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? In the midst of days filled with friends, family, social media, and school, it’s easy to forget to pray. We often only pray when we are in moments of desperation, instead of depending upon the Lord in prayer in all things. Why should I pray? How do I pray? What happens when I pray? Come to this seminar to be enriched with the Bible’s teaching on prayer.

Addiction and Gaming


Games can be so fun... and so very addictive! How are we as believers in Christ supposed to deal with this topic? In this seminar - a sequel to a gaming seminar from last year - we will look at all the reasons why games can be so addictive and how we can have a gospel-centered view of gaming.

We turned seven Years Old in 2019! 🥳 🎂 🎉 🎈

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For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him